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Paula Lauren Harwick

Paula Harwick

Paula Lauren Harwick

Academic Program Support Coordinator
Department of Health Behavior
  • 331B Rosenau Hall, CB #7440
  • 135 Dauer Drive
  • Chapel Hill, NC 27599
  • USA

Paula Lauren Hariwck is the academic support coordinator for the Department of Health Behavior. She has 5 years of experience in program administration, coordination and oversight at Harvard Medical School and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She has substantial and diverse professional, educational and personal experience in program management, advocacy, collaboration, marketing, event planning, budgeting, writing and editing. Paula is from Boston, MA and is a native English-speaker with bilingual fluency in conversational and professional Spanish. Paula is also a certified Spanish Teacher and values life-long engagement in personal, professional and cultural education. Paula taught Spanish for 2 years in a community in concentrated poverty prior to her work at Harvard University, where she was responsible for the planning and implementation of engaging teaching curricula and forming strong relationships with students and families and advocating for the school community.

Service Activities

 As part of her Baccalaureate program, Paula interned for a Latino program based out of Worcester, MA called “Centro las Americas”, where she advocated for the rights of low-income Spanish-speakers. Since leaving the teaching profession, Paula has been active in her community, including volunteer work with the Big Sister Association, Rosie’s Place, the UMASS Memorial Ronald McDonald Care Mobile, the Teddy Bear Clinic and the Youth Services Opportunities Program. She is passionate about bringing health care services to unserved communities and neighborhoods, as well as supporting youth through mentorship and fighting homelessness with education, advocacy and access to resources. Paula is a certified teacher of yoga, contemporary and classical Pilates and barre. She hopes to eventually incorporate movement principles with a clinical social work practice, where she would conduct research that would not only guide interventions in her clinical work, but also inform public health research and behavioral health policy advocacy.

Staff/Administrative Duties

- Provide operational support to academic program operations, as identified by the Vice Chair for Academic Affairs, the Academic Program Directors and other faculty associated with the program (significant engagement with faculty)

- Revise and send out surveys

- Assist faculty with Teaching Assistant (TA) opportunities

- Perform admission-related tasks

- Schedule faculty attendance at recruitment and orientation events

- Schedule and coordinate exams and dissertation defenses

- Generating reports

- Manage records related to training grants

- Assist the School Registrar as needed with the university’s required class meeting audit process

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